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Stage 4 Lung Cancer Blood In The Urine
Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?
Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though I doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Not related likely: Most likely blood in the urine is not related to your lung cancer. Go to see your doctor to eval why you have blood in the urine- infection? Stone? Etc. Are you receiving chemo? Sometimes- medication include chemo can cause irritation on the bladder/cystitis. Discuss with your doctor re-above problem- get some work-up and go from there. An imaging like sono kidney or ct scan may be needed. ...Read more
My mom has stage 4 lung cancer and we're not sure what type of cancer. She is having blood in her stool and throwing up, what is happening?
Worrisome symptoms: These are worrisome symptoms and you should report them to her oncologist before your mother gets weaker. ...Read more
Today my friend was told she will not go into remission. Dr.Will not do more chemo. Pain meds increased. Blood transfusion. Stage 4 lung cancer, mets. Hope?
Yes and No: Stage 4 lung cancer is an incurable type of cancer. Only about half of the patients respond to chemotherapy and that benefit lasts for no more than 6 to 12 months. That is about all one can do in the present state of cancer treatemnt. Once cancer has progressed despite chemotherapy it is good to seek palliative care/hospice care to help her to go through rest of her life with least bit of sufferin. ...Read more
Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?
Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done, it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and I would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read more
My dad, stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Gets out of breath, takes naps, losing weight, and today, coughed up blood 2 times. Is this end of life signs?
Lung Cancer: It sounds like he is not doing well. However, regarding when he will die - his physician or his medical team would be best to determine if he is close to death. Take care. ...Read more
Friend with stage 4 nsc inoperable lung cancer with mets and lymph node spread, diagnosis march 2013, needed blood transfusions today. Hr140.Ideas?
HR 140 is concerning: Heart rate of 140 may be acute atrial fibrillation or worse. She should see a doctor immediately. There are multiple medications available to lower the heart rate. ...Read more
Father diagnosed w/ stage IV lung cancer a year ago has responded well to chemo until recently. Now his white blood count at 58, 000. What to expect?
Discuss with oncolog: We can not answer this question as we do not have enough information to advice you. I suggest you discuss this with his oncologist why his white blood count is 58000. ...Read more
Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more
It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide. But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more
Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...Read more
Need to quiz your: Med onc about alk and egfr mutations. These molecular markers have specific drugs that can cause response and improve survival. That said, you should also query about third or fourth line drugs and potential benefit and toxicity. Ask about palliative care to deal with symptoms, you do not have to suffer awful sie effects in a futile effort. Acceptance is not giving up, it acknowledges limits. ...Read more
Not typical: Once lung cancer has become stage four it means that it has entered into the blood stream and begun showing up around the body in places other than the lung. Typically these go to the brain, bones, adrenal glands, and liver. Chemotherapy goes into the blood to shrink down and try to kill these cells but currently with consider this disease as treatable while not curable. ...Read more
Depends: Can be due to your treatments or other factors- you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more
My mom is 50 years a old and has been recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. What is life expectancy?
Can't be certain: There are many variables that affect survival. The lung cancer type and location. Younger people tend to live longer than older people with lung cancer. Women with lung cancer have a greater life expectancy than men with with lung cancer. Every case is different. That being said, the median stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer life expectancy is about 8 months. Five year survival is only 1%. ...Read more
What is a layman's description of small cell stage 4 lung cancer and Survival rate of patient agreed mid 30's?
My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She starts chemotherapy this week. Is this going to make her very sick? Could it make her worse?
Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more
Survival: Only god knows how long we are going to live and when we are going to die. Having said that, at least based on studies we have on average - 15 months would be the average survival rate. It could be shorter or longer than that. With better understanding about the biology of the cancer and the use of newer biological agents in the appropriate case- survival would be longer hopefully. ...Read more
It depends.: It depends on the cancer type. In small-cell lung carcinoma, Cisplatin and Etoposide are used. In advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma, two drugs are used, with one is often platinum-based (either Cisplatin or carboplatin). Other commonly used drugs are gemcitabine, Paclitaxel and docetaxel. Vinorelbine and Cisplatin is more effective in aduvant chemo. Regardless, 5 year survival is <5%. ...Read more
Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (? Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...Read more
Yes: Small cell carcinoma of the lung may be at stage 4 at the time of discovery of the lesion. ...Read more
Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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